detect E. coliWhen selecting a method for developing an assay, whether it is for detecting bacteria or simulating fluid, the approach all depends on the application and your target market. For example, Escherichia coli (or E. coli as it is more commonly known) can be found everywhere, from lettuce sold at a supermarket to your kids’ diaper. There are many strains of E. coli, but only a few that we really need to be concerned about.

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Double your biomedical R&D budget5 tips to a successful academic-industrial partnership

Costs are rising for research so how do you maximize your biotech R&D budget? Form an academic-industrial partnership. Perhaps you are working on a disruptive technology and need an expert to assess that your assay is better than the accepted standard? Or maybe you’ve had a pet research project sitting on the back burner that your company doesn’t have the resources (e.g. time, money or expertise) to dive into? Now is the perfect time to build that bridge to the ivory tower and create a successful academic-industrial partnership.

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Medical Devices and GDPRWith an enforcement date of May 25, 2018, the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is about to impact medical device manufacturers. Though similar to the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the new GDPR requirements will influence medical device data services by enhancing privacy and security for EU citizens.

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The New Year brings reflection and desire to improve.  We asked our designers, engineers, manufacturing, supply chain and regulatory experts to consider projects finished in 2017 and think about things they could have done better or wish they had considered.

Here is their list of 2018 resolutions and smart things to do that would speed medical device commercialization in 2018:

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Micropipette Aspiration The ability to measure the changes in cells’ mechanical properties can reveal crucial insight into the effects of environmental and pathological stresses. Such properties can have far reaching applications, from its use as a diagnostic tool to stem cell research. In this blog I showcase the technique of Micropipette Aspiration, an inexpensive way to measure the viscoelastic properties of cells.

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Blockchain technology introduces new secured measures for keeping authentic and anonymously real time personal data in decentralized manner. It can be expected that upon maturity the blockchain technology behind Bitcoin will gain the required trust and be used extensively by partners of the highly regulated healthcare ecosystems: patients, regulators, clinics, pharmacies, insurers, laboratories, technology developers etc.

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top 10 StarFish Medical blogs of 2017The top 10 StarFish Medical blogs of 2017 feature a heady mix of regulatory, engineering, and practical information and advice. Seven of the blogs are perennial favorites with high ranking on Google and other search engines. The remaining three are from new writers and hint of new evergreen standards in the works.  New or tried and true, these 10 StarFIsh Medical blogs are worth reading and sharing.

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StarFish Medical newsletter The StarFish Medical newsletter features a monthly collection of medical device articles, images, events and videos. We aim to share our knowledge and expertise to all levels of medical device colleagues. Once a year we share what was hot with our readers. Just in case you missed that issue.
Below are our Top 10 reads of 2017. They reflect the diversity and talents of our employees, clients, and readers.

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